Public sector unions warn of looming industrial action over ‘great pay robbery’

The Government faces the threat of co-ordinated industrial action in the new year unless it ends the “damaging” cap on the pay of millions of public sector workers.

Timmy Flaherty, 72, from the Claddagh, Galway and Emer Cannon, Kiltullagh, Co Galway after swimming at Blackrock, Salthill (Ed Carty/PA)

Pensioner ignores warnings to take the plunge as Ophelia sweeps in

A pensioner who took a dip in the Atlantic as the eye of Storm Ophelia approached Ireland’s west coast has claimed the secret to survival is to stay calm.

Douglas Ross is also a referee's assistant (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Tory MP to miss welfare vote – to run the line at Champions League tie

A Tory MP is set to miss a debate and vote on welfare policy because he will be running the line at a Champions League football tie in Barcelona.

Flybe profits

Flybe hits turbulence as it issues profit warning

Regional airline Flybe has warned over profits after incurring higher-than-expected aircraft maintenance costs.

Police are considering the possibility that all the attacks are linked (Joe Giddens/PA)

Police appeal after spate of sexual assaults on women and children

Nine females – three aged 11 – have been approached and sexually touched by an attacker in the last three months, police said.

What the papers say  -October 18

What the papers say – October 18

Warnings from the head of security service MI5 are making the front pages on Wednesday, with the Guardian reporting on the agency head’s warning of a “dramatic upshift” in Islamist terrorism threats.

The Home Secretary said no deal would be unthinkable (Victoria Jones/PA)

‘Unthinkable’ UK will not agree Brexit security co-operation deal – Amber Rudd

It is “unthinkable” that the UK will walk away from talks with Brussels without a deal at least covering security co-operation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said – appearing to contradict Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Police at the scene outside Parsons Green Tube station (Yui Mok/PA)

Parsons Green stab victim lost life for asking drug dealer to move on – police

A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in the street after asking a drug dealer to move on, police said.

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker  said technology firms have an "ethical responsibility" to help governments (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Terror plots being planned to point of execution within days, says MI5 chief

Terrorist plots are escalating to the point of violence in a matter of days after a “dramatic” jump in the scale and pace of the threat facing Britain, the head of MI5 has warned.

Four our of five people would like to see tougher action against those who cycle aggressively, research found (Nick Ansell/PA)

Tougher penalties backed for those who break rules of the road, survey shows

Four out of five people would back tougher penalties for all road users, including cyclists, who break the rules of the road, a new study shows.

The number of job vacancies has increased by 3,000 to a near-record high of 783,000 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Unemployment falls to 12-year low as jobless total is cut by 52,000

Unemployment has fallen to a 12-year low but pay growth continues to fall behind inflation, new figures show.

Officers riding on fairground dodgems at Hull Fair (Humberside Police/PA)

Dodgem-riding officers were fair play, says police chief

A police chief has defended his officers after they were photographed riding on fairground dodgems.

The project has been developed by Norwegian state energy company Statoil (Danny Lawson/PA)

Nicola Sturgeon to officially open world’s first floating wind farm

The world’s first floating wind farm is being opened today in waters off the coast of Scotland.

Thomson's 600 shops have been renovated to display the Tui name (Rui Vieira/PA)

Tui calls time on Thomson with revamp

One of the UK’s best known travel brands will disappear on Wednesday following a revamp by its owner.

Bill Clinton met with leaders from both sides of the negotiations (Brian Lawless/PA)

Bill Clinton meets with political leaders during Belfast trip

Former US president Bill Clinton has met with Northern Ireland’s political leaders during a visit to Belfast.

A picture of Claire Sharp from Scotland who became a Domino's manager at 19 (Domino's/PA)

Domino’s eyes more British managers amid Brexit skills gap fears

Domino’s Pizza has issued a clarion call for young British staff amid fears that Brexit could starve the company of overseas workers.

Three people died when the ex-tropical storm battered the country on Monday (David Young/PA)

Thousands still without power and water in wake of Storm Ophelia

Some 130,000 people remain without power and tens of thousands without water in the wake of Storm Ophelia.

he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April (Chris Jackson/PA)

Alice or Arthur odds on as punters bet on name of third royal baby

Bookies have made Alice the favourite name for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child.

Antonio Tajani said the situation was "not good" (Gareth Fuller/PA)

‘We need to know what the UK wants to do’ – Europe’s leaders urge Brexit clarity

Europe’s leaders have revealed frustrations about the approach of Theresa May’s Government to Brexit, claiming there is a lack of clarity as a result of divisions within her administration.

Labour will call on ministers to "pause and fix" the flagship benefit reform (John Stillwell/PA)

Universal Credit helpline to be switched to freephone number

Charges of up to 55p a minute for calls to a Universal Credit helpline are to be scrapped, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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